French 9/11 novel wins top book prize

16th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 12 (AFP) - A French novel with an English title focussing on the September 11, 2001 anti-US attacks won the prestigious Interallie book prize awarded on Wednesday. "Windows on the World", by Frederic Beigbeder, is titled after the restaurant once located on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center in New York and recounts the last moments in the life of a father and his two sons breakfasting the morning the attacks took place.

PARIS, Nov 12 (AFP) - A French novel with an English title focussing on the September 11, 2001 anti-US attacks won the prestigious Interallie book prize awarded on Wednesday.
 
"Windows on the World", by Frederic Beigbeder, is titled after the restaurant once located on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center in New York and recounts the last moments in the life of a father and his two sons breakfasting the morning the attacks took place.

The book, published last August, won the prize despite "two handicaps," Beigbeder said, "its success and its English title."

A total 125,000 copies were printed last summer and publishers Grasset said after the award that they would print an extra 30,000 copies.

"The jury wanted to underscore the fact that I believe that fiction allows people to better understand reality, the current world," added publicist-turned-writer Beigbeder.

The award is the last major prize of the French literary awards season.


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